Douglas L. Jones, Fargo, ND, passed away at Sanford Hospice House in Fargo, ND on Saturday, April 25, 2020. He was born at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD on July 2, 1948 to Rachel and Roland Jones. He attended Sioux Falls Public Schools as well as one year at Crippled Children’s Hospital and School, graduating in l967 from Washington High School. He earned an automotive technology certification in 1969 after graduating from SD Springfield Vocational/Technical School on a vocational technology scholarship. He then attended Sioux Falls College and graduated from Augustana College in 1973 with a B.A. in psychology with a minor in business. Doug’s entire career was spent in retail and finance management positions for Massey-Fergeson (Finance Manager), Peterbilt (Credit Manager), Borg-Warner Finance (Branch Manager), Dakota Bank and Trust (Retail Loan Officer), and Gate City Bank (Supervisor, Indirect Lending Dept.). He helped establish the indirect lending dept. at Gate City Bank, Fargo. During his time at Gate City Bank, he worked with many businesses across ND, many of whom commented on his professionalism. As a child, Doug overcame many surgeries for club feet to become an excellent swimmer, diver, track member, and superb ice skater. He was once named Sioux Falls’ Champion Rope Climber! During retirement, Doug enjoyed landscaping and gardening at his home, which won the Homebuilder’s “Home of the Year” Award for 1993. He loved collecting vintage and antique furniture as well as clocks both old and new. He also loved fishing trips and watching the Vikings. Doug and his wife of 48 years, Nancy, treasured their time together whether on trips to explore nature’s beauty in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota or enduring a North Dakota snowstorm. As a teacher’s spouse, he was an unsung hero in providing children with a Christmas toy or birthday gift, as well as assisting Nancy in completing her master’s project. Those who knew Doug appreciated his strength of character, steadfast nature, and fun-loving spirit. He will be greatly missed! In addition to his wife Nancy, he leaves behind a sister, Janet (Rod) McNeil, Polson, MT; a brother, Evan (Wendy) Jones, Harrisburg, SD; an aunt, Mary (Robert) Sliwinski, Greeley, CO; and ten beloved nieces and nephews: Richard Early, Ryan McNeil, Dana McNeil, Tara Samuels, Nicholas Early, Adam Mills, Sommer Berner, Katie Langley, Alex Early, and Blake Jones. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Rachel Jones, and grandparents John and Magda Elise Jones and Mamie and Joseph Ellis. Memorials may be directed to Great Plains Food Bank, Fargo, members of Feed America.

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  1. Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing.
    My sympathy to you and your family. My wish for you is to relish the memories of your life with Doug. My granddaughter lives on a street that ends with the cemetery behind a gate in Sioux Falls. It is a pretty area with all those trees. I cannot attend the visitation as SIP in MN and my family wants me to stay home. I will be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss, Nancy. I always thought of my cousin Doug as my big brother. I have so many fond memories, as youngsters, of spending time with Doug, Janet and Evan at the farm and also family gatherings at their house. He was very special to me and I will miss him greatly.
    Rest in peace, Doug and God bless you.

  3. I worked with Doug at the Dakota Bank and enjoyed that time with him. He was certainly a good guy and will be missed.

  4. Nancy,
    There is never enough time in life to share with the truly good people; I am feeling that about you and Doug more and more. My thoughts,prayers, tears, karma — to you at this time.

    I won’t be at the service, but will make a visit as soon as this travel restriction is lifted.

    Peace and love,
    Tom

  5. I enjoyed my time that I worked with Doug. He was always respectful, sincere and honest; traits that may never make you wealthy but instead give you great character. I was able to spend a week on the road with him and saw the respect business dealers had for him. My condolences.

  6. It seems to me that Doug had used his time on this earth very well. It is for sure that he married the right person. I recall the visits of the Mills’family at our home in Iowa when our family was young. We always had a great time. Nancy had great roll models in her parents, Marvin and Betty. It seems to me that Doug fit in very well.

    Nancy, I know you must feel a lot of hurt but you are not alone. We will miss Doug. HIS memory will not be forgotten.

  7. Hi Nancy, Ted and I send love from Colorado. I know you and Doug loved to explore out here <3 I’m so happy we got to spend some time with Doug at Rich’s wedding. I will treasure that memory. Love to you.

  8. Nancy,
    Our heart breaks for you because, you have lost your wonderful husband Doug. Your marriage was one to be admired. The way you loved and cared for each other. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please remember that we are here for you to lean on.
    Sandy and Russ

  9. I only got to know Doug when I fell in love with his sister. He loved the outdoors, as did I, and he could fix anything with a motor! Tremendously strong, he was a fish in the water and had a great time with Ryan and Dana. Washing cars out in the back yard could turn into an epic water fight with Doug, Evan, Ryan and Dana all participating! He was always cheerful and had a great sense of humor. He was the kind of big brother I would have wanted.
    Nancy, our prayers are with you and just know all the family is here to help. We love you and will do whatever we can to support you in this difficult time.

  10. Nancy, please know how much you are being thought of at this time. I am so very sorry you have lost Doug. I am sad I did not know him well, as it appears he was an amazing, yet humble man. He was married to an exceptionally sweet and gentle person. God Bless you as you continue your life’s journey. You are in my prayers.

  11. Our prayers are with you, Nancy, the three boys, and with Evan and Janet and their families in the passing of Doug. He was such a good guy, a loving family member and cousin. Mark has shared the fun he had in their early youth, gathering at Grandma Magda’s or at Uncle Rollie and Aunt Rachel’s home in Sioux Falls with his Jones cousins. Doug’s uncle and aunt, Maynard and Letty, always spoke so fondly of Doug. We rest assured that Doug is in the everloving arms of Jesus and is reunited with his parents. God bless you, Nancy, as you carry the burden of grief and we pray that some day, your grief will be lightened. Mark and Carolee Jones

  12. Loved Cousin Doug, enjoyed our times playing basketball in the back of their house. Playing baseball and softball. Always called him my favorite cousin.
    Will miss him. Love Jeff Little

  13. We are so sorry to hear about your loss, Nancy. We will always remember Douglas as a warm and caring person.
    I have fond memories from my visits to Sioux Falls that I will always carry with me.
    God bless, warm thoughts and love.
    Jofrid

  14. We are so sorry to hear about your lose. Doug and I were always together. May God Be with you now in your time of sorrow.

  15. Oh Evan, my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray you find peace knowing that he is in a better place and will always be in your heart💚🙏

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